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From the experts | August 29, 2013 by Stephen Perciballi
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.  – Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-Founder   In earlier posts I touched on the benefits of networked storage, tiered storage and storage virtualization. All of these great advancements were brought on by conditions within business […]
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Client Computing | August 7, 2013 by Stephen Perciballi
One of the perks working closely with the Blackberry team is getting our hands on new devices. I’ve been using the Z10 since November and have been really enjoying it. A review and video can be found here. Many of the people I’ve been working with have been anxiously awaiting the latest BlackBerry with full, […]
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It seems that as we find newer, faster and more efficient ways to store, access and manipulate data, we can’t seem to keep up with the growth of the data itself. Even worse, we seem to be at odds with finding ways to successfully protect that data from being lost in the abyss. Backups exist […]
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Client Computing | January 29, 2013 by Stephen Perciballi
The new BlackBerry 10 has arrived! Because Softchoice is part of the BlackBerry Technical Preview Program, we had exclusive access to the technology (handset and server software) before its official release, and I was able to spend a couple of weeks using the device. During that time, I had a chance to form some pretty strong […]
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Client Computing | January 28, 2013 by Stephen Perciballi
Considering BlackBerry out of the game is like saying you won’t drink water out of your tap now knowing that Coke exists. If you are interested in securely managing data on your smartphones and tablets you should at least look at Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) and BlackBerry 10 (BB 10). While the competition is definitely popular, there […]
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From the experts | September 6, 2012 by Stephen Perciballi
It’s time to get started Once your captains er– leaders are on board with the benefits and significant cost savings an efficient data center can deliver, it’s time to assess your current infrastructure and create a plan. The very first thing you need to do is,  “Shunt the deuterium from the main cryo-pump to the […]
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Lots of organizations are deploying Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems either to do their due diligence or because it’s part of a regulatory requirement. One of the misconceptions that typically is derived from marketing material is that you plug it in, turn it on, and voila, instant security. This couldn’t be further from […]
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So many names. It always reminds me of the line from The Devil’s Advocate when Pacino says “Oh, I have so many names.” Security Information Management, Security Information and Event Management, SIM, SIEM, Log Management, Log Aggregation. If you really like to use buzz words you could call this Big Data for Security. This technology […]
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Long gone is the perceived image of the malware perpetrator as an outcast-teenager sitting in his parent’s basement. Today’s internet thieves are more organized and technically savvy than ever. Years ago, security threats were simpler. There were Trojans, worms, and rootkits – and the differences between each were clear.  Now known collectively as “malware”, the differences between these […]
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With the unabated growth of consumerization, Gartner Research recently stated that “mobile device management (MDM) is essential for IT success”. However, with so many options – which is best? There are several new companies in this space offering great solutions. Security vendors are expanding their offerings and you have major platform or systems management vendors adding ways to […]
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Every industry is feeling the pressures of high performance expectations and the need for improved results, but, probably no industry is feeling it more than the resources sector. It’s on the receiving end of close public scrutiny for everything from environmental concerns to the rise in energy prices while also being pressured to boost production to […]
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Networking is a word that for many causes trepidation and excitement at the same time, and I’m not necessarily talking only about networking equipment in IT, I’m also talking about human networking. We all know how nerve racking it can be to step into a room full of strangers with the goal of branching out […]
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Previously employed with Xerox, KPMG, Telus and Konica Minolta, David Morrow is currently a creative and goal-oriented Chief Commerical Officer at PrintFleet Inc. During his career he has been recognized as an expert in sales, performance management and a motivator of teams. We were able to steal 45 minutes out of his busy day to […]
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Over the years, we’ve worked very closely with a variety of market segments, to help them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic change and technology evolutions. With all that experience and knowledge behind us, we thought it would be interesting to hear from our Softchoice team directly, to share their insights and perspectives on how technology change […]
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From the experts | December 16, 2011 by Stephen Perciballi
Wakefield Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Castrol premium lubricants and Canada’s premier integrated manufacturer and distributor of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) under the brand name H2Blu. With a broad customer base across Canada, including retailers, warehouse distributors, quick lubes, fleet companies, new car dealers and Original Equipment Manufacturers, Wakefield prides itself on delivering […]
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From the experts | August 10, 2011 by Stephen Perciballi
This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here. Don’t let the introduction scare you.This post is actually more appropriate for less technical readers who have had a computer failure and lost data. While on a recent business trip, the hard drive light on my laptop remained solid at all times. As […]
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Previously we gave a high level view of securing a virtual environment. We talked about security gaps in the post and one of the biggest gaps is the lack of visibility between virtual machines on the same server. In a physical world, you have a network based Firewall and possibly a Unified Threat Management device securing the […]
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We’ve been thinking about cloud a lot.  My goal is to help demystify security in a virtual environment. What are we doing with cloud computing? There are still servers, storage, networking, software, and security.  We’re really just implementing them in different ways. Rather than having file servers at every location we are centralizing our data […]
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Client Computing | November 15, 2010 by Stephen Perciballi
Okay, you don’t like seatbelts. Too confining, you say. You drive carefully, right? Or, you only use your car for short trips around the block. Of course, that all may sound pretty persuasive until you have an accident – and your arguments, among other things, fly out the window. Which brings me to the ongoing […]